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Collection Number: 04244

Collection Title: Don. Yoder Papers, 1890s-1990

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Size 3.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1300 items)
Abstract Musician, folklorist, and professor of religion at Franklin and Marshall College and the University of Pennsylvania. Correspondence, writings, notes, sheet music, open-reel tapes (FT 5505-5510), and other materials, chiefly relating to the collection of texts of German and Pennsylvania Dutch hymns for Yoder's book, "Pennsylvania Spirituals" (1962). Also included are materials about Yoder's other chief interest, the Evangelical United Brethren Church, and other items of general interest to folklorists.
Creator Yoder, Don.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Don. Yoder papers #4244, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Don Yoder of Devon, Pa., in 1980 and September 1990.
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Don Yoder is a musician and folklorist. In the 1950s, he was on the faculty of Franklin and Marshall College. In the 1960s, he moved to the University of Pennsylvania, where he was initially on the faculty of the Department of Religious Thought and later in the Department of Folklore and Folklife

Yoder is the author of several books, many of them having to do with the lives of German immigrants in Pennsylvania. One of his prime research interests is the Evangelical United Brethren Church. Yoder's works include: Songs Along the Mahantongo: Pennsylvania Dutch Folk-Songs (with Walter E. Boyer and Albert F. Buffington, 1951); Pennsylvania Spirituals (1962); American Folklife (ed., 1976); Pennsylvania German Immigrants, 1709-1786 (1980); Rhineland Emigrants: Lists of German Settlers in Colonial America (ed., 1981); Decorated Furniture of the Mahantongo Valley (essay contributed, 1987); Discovering American Folklife: Studies in Ethnic, Religious, and Regional Culture (1990).

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Correspondence, writings, notes, sheet music, open-reel tapes (FT 5505-5510), and other materials, chiefly relating to the collection of texts of German and Pennsylvania Dutch hymns for Yoder's book, "Pennsylvania Spirituals" (1962). Also included are materials about Yoder's other chief interest, the Evangelical United Brethren Church, and other items of general interest to folklorists.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1948-1981 and undated.

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About 60 items.

Miscellaneous writings, many on Pennsylvania Dutch hymns, but also reviews of works on folklore by others and symposium papers on various topics. Included are corrected galley proofs of several of Yoder's publications.

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Writings, undated #04244, Series: "2. Writings, Undated." Folder 11-25

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About 500 items.

Handwritten and typed notes relating to various folklore topics, including a group of notes documenting research on the lyrics to specific Pennsylvania Dutch songs. Also included are several bibliographies on various aspects of folklore study.

Folder 26-37

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Folder 37

Notes, undated #04244, Series: "3. Notes, Undated." Folder 26-37

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About 100 items.

Printed and handwritten sheet music, chiefly of Pennsylvania Dutch songs.

Folder 38-42

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Sheet music, undated #04244, Series: "4. Sheet Music, Undated." Folder 38-42

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About 300 items.

Writings by others on folklore topics, clippings and newsletters from various organizations, and other materials relating to folklore, folksongs, and other of Yoder's research interests.

Folder 43-47

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Folder 47

Writings by others #04244, Series: "5. Other Papers, 1890s-1990." Folder 43-47

Folder 48-50

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Clippings and newsletters #04244, Series: "5. Other Papers, 1890s-1990." Folder 48-50

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Folder 51

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Folder 53

Miscellaneous #04244, Series: "5. Other Papers, 1890s-1990." Folder 51-53

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Processing Information

Processed by: Anne von Storch, April 1986; Roslyn Holdzkom with the assistance of Joy Barfield and Patricia Townsend December 1990

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

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